Pub roof yobs are locked up

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TWO yobs who hurled tiles at police after scaling a pub roof have been locked up.

Gary Cooper and pal Darren Cannell held a six-hour stand off withpolice after climbing on to the roof of the Merry Go Round pub in Hartlepool.

They ripped up tiles and threw them towards police vehicles and members of the public below.

The pair also smashed windows of the pub on Holdforth Road and caused surrounding roads to be closed off.

Teesside Crown Court heard Cooper, 22, called police at around 11.30pm on March 23 to say he was on the pub’s roof.

He said he was going to rip roof tiles up if he was not allowed to see his children and also threatened to jump.

Police also found Cannell, 29, on the roof when they arrived.

Prosecuting, Jacqueline Edwards said: “Cooper threatened that he would knife the police and shoot them, although no weapons were recovered.

“They removed tiles from the roof and threw them to the ground towards where the police officers, police vehicles and members of the public were.”

Police closed the roundabout and stretches of Easington Road, Throston Grange Lane and Holdforth Road because of the danger Cooper and Cannell posed to passing motorists.

A trained police negotiator was brought in to coax them down.

Miss Edwards added: “They continued to refuse to come off the roof and continued to cause damage. They eventually came down at 5am the following morning.

“Cooper said he only came down because he was cold and bored.”

Cooper and Cannell, who were both serving suspended prison sentences at the time, admitted criminal damage and affray.

Cooper, of Chester Road, Hartlepool, was also sentenced for burgling a woman’s house in his street on January 19.

A neighbour heard noises and saw two men go into Cooper’s house where a mirror stolen in the burglary was found.

Cooper also admitted two incidents of shoplifting lager from convenience stores on February 21 and March 1. He was jailed for 20 months.

Cannell, of Jesmond Gardens, Hartlepool, also admitted common assault after he pushed over and slapped his partner in a domestic incident on January 23.

He was given 11 months in prison.